Miss Peace & Mr. Peace Awards
The awarding of the annual "Miss Peace" title is a long-held tradition at William Peace University that began in 1928 with Miss Madge Riner Edson when the institution was still known as Peace Institute.
The awarding of the annual "Mr. Peace" title was inaugurated in 2014 as a new tradition at William Peace University.
The honors, voted on by the entire student body, are the highest tributes paid to a member of the Senior Class.
The basis for a nomination notes the selected student exemplifies "excellent academic qualities, community service and leadership."
Miss Peace 2014
The student body elected Hannah Marie Murphy as Miss Peace 2014.
Murphy is a double major in Theatre and English and graduates in May 2014 with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in those respective programs.
A native of the Raleigh-area, Murphy is a 2010 graduate of Wakefield High School in Wake Forest, NC and enrolled at Peace in August 2010.
She is a member of the William Peace Theatre Company and has acted in multiple productions, including: These Shining Lives, Circle Mirror Transformation, Godspell, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening and No Exit. She has also worked as a member of the student Dramatic Irony Club, which produced Living Dead in Denmark, earlier this academic year.
In 2012, she received a certificate from the Society of American Fight Directors in "Unarmed Stage Combat."
Murphy recently completed an internship as a writer for the Triangle Downtowner Magazine where she crafted articles about local businesses and events in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area in North Carolina. Since 2011, she has served as a writing tutor for WPU.
Murphy is a member of several national honor societies: Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Chi, and Sigma Tau Delta.
A consistent Dean's Scholar, Murphy is also the recipient of several University Awards: the Mary Pate Currie Humanities Award, the Penney English Award and The Mary P. Schwertman English Honors Award.
In addition, she has also served as a Marshall at official University events and previous Commencement services.
Murphy will also serve as student graduation speaker for the University's 2014 Commencement Exercises.
Mr. Peace 2014
The student body elected Christian Levar Gray as Mr. Peace 2014.
A Fayetteville native, Gray transferred to the University as a Junior and was one of the first young men to enroll in WPU's traditional program. He was also one of the first male Resident Assistants during his first year and played for the Men's Basketball team as a guard, while also serving as one of the team's first captains.
Beginning in Fall 2012, Gray led efforts to establish a new “emerging leaders” program at WPU, utilizing his previous experience as a student-mentor and building on WPU’s history of student scholarship, leadership and commitment to service. A Psychology major who will complete his Bachelor of Science degree in May 2014, Gray credits his mother, Rebecca, with instilling a value system that focused on hard work and the drive to never give up.
His relationship with his younger brother, Shamar, also influences his dreams of one day coaching basketball at the collegiate or high school level and wants to work with underprivileged or at-risk children. He also has helped run a summer youth basketball camp and has in the past been a volunteer at East Carolina University’s Building Hope Community Center.
“I want to be able to make a difference in a child’s life and give them hope and a positive example they can look up to,” he said.
Tying to his passion for community outreach and athletics into one dream, in 2014 Gray established an outreach program he calls “D.I.V.E.R.S.E” -- Dedicated Individuals who Value Education, Relationships, Success, and Effort. Phase one of the project focuses on community awareness and outreach to youth who come from low socioeconomic homes and helping homeless individuals. Phase two is to implement D.I.V.E.R.S.E Training, which consists of high-level basketball drills and skills work. The focus of the program will be to help individuals served by the program to become better players, as well as citizens of their communities. The purpose of the training is to create a challenging yet fun environment, which begins with small fundamentals and progressed to advanced drills.
This year, he plans to conduct summer camps for grades 4-12, offer private and group sessions for grade school students through college-age.
In addition to his own new program, Gray previously served as a mentor for Communities in Schools and was a park volunteer at Ocala National Forest in March 2012. He also completed an internship for the YMCA (2013-14) as an Assistant Site Coordinator where he developed a themed program for middle school students and created weekly resource handouts, discussed program goals with staff and mentors, assisted in creating academic literacy folders to help improve children’s language skills and led a weekly theme-based discussion with six high school students.
In addition to the serious work Gray is focused on, he also boasts a playful side, often reciting movie phrases in everyday conversation to see if anyone picks up on it, and having a sneaker addiction.
Former Miss Peace Recipients, 1928-2013
Miss Peace 1928 *Madge Riner Edson '28
Miss Peace 1929 *Jean S. McIver '29
Miss Peace 1930 *Ethlyn Barger Sherrill '30
Miss Peace 1931 Alice McKinnon '31
Miss Peace 1932 *Alice Searight Phillips '32
Miss Peace 1933 Unknown
Miss Peace 1934 *Carol Long Avery '34
Miss Peace 1935 Blessing Whitmore Brown '35
Miss Peace 1936 *Marjorie Clark Barfield '36
Miss Peace 1937 Frances Cromartie Jones '37
Miss Peace 1938 *Josephine Martin Flynn '38
Miss Peace 1939 *Helen Purdie Clark Jackson '39
Miss Peace 1940 *Doris Goddard '40
Miss Peace 1941 Jeanne Batchelor Warner '41
Miss Peace 1942 *Dorothy Harrison Tippett '42
Miss Peace 1943 *Margaret Passey Ellis '43
Miss Peace 1944 Betty Patrick McFadden '44
Miss Peace 1945 Frances Golden Blue '45
Miss Peace 1946 *Mary Lib Moore Phipps '46
Miss Peace 1947 Jane T. Stephenson '47
Miss Peace 1948 *Kitty Altizer Brennan '48
Miss Peace 1949 Mary Lib Walker Taylor '49
Miss Peace 1950 Joyce Ann Evans Wallace '50
Miss Peace 1951 Virginia McQueen Rose '51
Miss Peace 1952 Peggy Waldine Barnes '52
Miss Peace 1953 Reba (Raye) King Hensdale '53
Miss Peace 1954 *Sally Ann Bullock Bullock '54
Miss Peace 1955 *Mary Allen McDonald Risher '55
Miss Peace 1956 Dorothy Pressly Fulghum '56
Miss Peace 1957 Margaret "Lyn" James Lambert '57
Miss Peace 1958 Marianne Mull Browning '58
Miss Peace 1959 *Gladys Helms '59
Miss Peace 1960 Marie "Ree" Tribby Carroll '60
Miss Peace 1961 Susan Crow Record '61
Miss Peace 1962 Anne Raglan Stamps Taylor '62
Miss Peace 1963 Peggy Proctor Capps '63
Miss Peace 1964 Camille Broadhurst Simpson '64
Miss Peace 1965 Hennie Adams Gregory '65
Miss Peace 1966 Linda Harris McKinney '66
Miss Peace 1967 Eugenia (Genie) Croom Starnes '67
Miss Peace 1968 Mary Brent Smith Wright '68
Miss Peace 1969 Marcia Edwards Vanore '69
Miss Peace 1970 Karen Hancock Blackwelder '70
Miss Peace 1971 Joan M. Austin '71
Miss Peace 1972 Stephanie Fountain Bynum '72
Miss Peace 1973 Marnie McBryde '73
Miss Peace 1974 Susan Craft Quinn '74
Miss Peace 1975 Teresa Hicks Wimbrow '75
Miss Peace 1976 Martha Jayne Cameron Rhyne '76
Miss Peace 1977 Liz Thurston '77
Miss Peace 1978 Alisa Lamm Stevens '78
Miss Peace 1979 Sarah Armstrong Barge '79
Miss Peace 1980 Abbie L. Young '80
Miss Peace 1981 Rhonda Winstead Brown '81
Miss Peace 1982 Kelly Key Gaines '82
Miss Peace 1983 Wendy Cox Winslow '83
Miss Peace 1984 Jean Marie McCormick '84
Miss Peace 1985 Jean Elizabeth 'Beth' Flye '85
Miss Peace 1986 Lorraine "Lori" S. Gupton '86
Miss Peace 1986 Angela Thompson Zemonek '86
Miss Peace 1987 Amy McLaughlin Cochran '87
Miss Peace 1988 Rebecca Helms Smarr '88
Miss Peace 1989 Susanna Jarvis Jones '89
Miss Peace 1990 Karen Rives Kalafatas '90
Miss Peace 1991 Julieann Kafer Dix '91
Miss Peace 1992 Teresa Webster Palma '92
Miss Peace 1993 Crystal Lane Brinn '93
Miss Peace 1994 Lynn May McPhaul '94
Miss Peace 1995 Susanne Winslow McDaniel '95 '97
Miss Peace 1996 Anna Bernardo Lee '96
Miss Peace 1997 Kimberly Alyce Chappell Hill '97
Miss Peace 1998 Allison Jane Siler Capps '98 '00
Miss Peace 1999 Kimberly Crabtree Herman '99 '01
Miss Peace 2000 Emily Feimster '00 '02
Miss Peace 2001 Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar Phongsavan '98 '00
Miss Peace 2002 Miranda Buckner Duncan '00 '02
Miss Peace 2003 Katherine Brundage Brantner '04
Miss Peace 2004 Meghan Beeler Pridemore '02 '04
Miss Peace 2005 Jessica Lynne Kiernan '05
Miss Peace 2006 Natalie Michell Leary '04 '06
Miss Peace 2007 JoAnn Rae Lampley '07
Miss Peace 2008 Elizabeth Hayden Miller '08
Miss Peace 2009 Amber Harris Hogg '09
Miss Peace 2010 Maria Leonor Lopez '10
Miss Peace 2011 Saarah Abdul-Rauf '11
Miss Peace 2012 Taylor C. Shaw '12
Miss Peace 2013 Faith Malone Inman '13